Statement of Faith
For discerning Christians, below is an affirmation of the Christian faith so that you might know with confidence that the heart of this website is not esoteric, gnostic, mystic, masonic, cultic, pagan, new age, unprincipled, or unscriptural.
concerning god the father
God the Father sits on the throne in Heaven. He is just, righteous, and perfect and He owns everything, therefore He can do whatever He pleases. His plans and purposes will always come to pass, regardless of whether or not we agree with them, respond positively to them, or partake in them.
God the Father is not of flesh, but of spirit, and His presence is likened to an unbearably brilliant light that no man can look directly into and live. Therefore, God is not a glorified man as the Mormon cult believes.
Although His ways are not our ways, He has loved His children enough to provide them with a nearly inexhaustible understanding of His ways, that is, the 66 books that comprise the protestant Christian Bible, which are neither mystical nor esoteric as believed by gnostics, but instead are written in a narrative style and structure that can be interpreted with the same rules of grammar and logic that any other book would naturally require. However, only those who belong to God — with whom also the Holy Spirit interacts — are capable of understanding and accepting the deep spiritual concepts that are most literally and plainly presented in the Scriptures. The Bible is not a puzzle of secret symbols, hidden meanings and multiple interpretations as believed by freemasons or the cult of Christian science.
Because God is love, the concept of love is defined solely by the character of God and is revealed to us by the choices that God makes, the greatest of which is the gift of His Son Jesus.
concerning god the son
The word 'Son' does not mean that God the Father gave birth to Jesus or that He created Jesus, as the Jehovah's Witness cult believes. Instead this word 'Son' helps us understand that these two persons of God, although both being one and the same God, interact with one another as a father would interact with his son. Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, that is, the second person of God, and is therefore God himself.
Jesus created the Heavens and the Earth. All things originate with Him and all things hold together because of Him. And nearly 2,000 years ago, He was born onto this Earth as a man through a virgin woman, lived a life in perfect service and submission to God the Father, died for the salvation of all of His children, was resurrected in the flesh on the third day, and presently sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven until the time comes when the enemies of God are made a footstool at His feet. God gave all authority and power to Jesus, therefore Jesus is the King and all decisions that are divinely appointed in heaven or on earth are made by Jesus.
There is no such thing as 'christ-consciousness,' unless this term refers to the spirit of the antichrist. There is no such thing as the 'cosmic christ,' unless this term refers to the person of the antichrist. And there is no such thing as 'many christs,' unless this term refers to the servants of Satan.
concerning god the holy spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of God, that is, the Spirit of God, and is in perfect submission to Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to God's children, comforts them, guides them in all truth, and reveals and provides to them the things of Jesus. The Holy Spirit works with God's children and the body of Christ in order to prepare them to complete the works that Jesus has predetermined for them.
As the Holy Spirit dwells among us and interfaces with each of our own spirits, the Holy Spirit will come and go as Jesus pleases, and, like the wind, is entirely outside of our ability to control or command.
concerning the restorations of god
Salvation to eternal life is affirmed through faith alone in Jesus alone, and this faith is apportioned by God. Faith is an internal conviction from an external source, and that external source is God. It is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. All of God's children will each be given a measure of faith or conviction so as to trust in their King Jesus.
Baptism by a single immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an important symbolic representation of our decision to reject the kingdom of this world, whose king is Satan, and instead profess undying allegiance to the kingdom of God, whose King is Jesus. As we go out with the old and in with the new, so also we go under the water once and come out again. It exemplifies our new life of service and obedience to Jesus; a service that sets in motion our predetermined works and partnership alongside the Holy Spirit, and enables us to attain a high and eternal rank, reward, and degree of glorification with Jesus that would never have been possible if we hadn't chosen to remain loyal to Him.
Holiness is achieved through our choices. To the degree by which we honor our King, our character will in time be formed to the likeness of Jesus' character, which will enable us to complete the tasks that Jesus has prepared for us according to His will. At judgment Jesus will rank and reward all of God's children — whose names are in the Book of Life. If they made wise use of their power to exercise choice, they will receive a high rank and reward. If they made unwise use of their power to exercise choice, they will regrettably receive a low rank and reward. If they made completely selfish misuse of their power to exercise choice, they may regrettably receive no rank or reward.
The ministry of Evangelism is an invaluable ministry for the body of Christ. It is also the only ministry that operates outside the body of Christ. Preaching the gospel of salvation and the gospel of the kingdom throughout the whole world is one of the most important works of the church in order to successfully help gather together the children of God who are scattered abroad. Although the gospel of salvation does not need to be preached to the whole world for Jesus to return, the gospel of the Kingdom will most definitely be preached to the whole world before Jesus returns.
The interaction of the Holy Spirit with the body of Christ is also an essential part of the church that should not be ignored or denied. The gifts of the Holy Spirit — provided at the sole discretion of Jesus — will strengthen the church in wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and fear of the Lord. Whether by tongues, prophecy, the discernment of spirits, healing, working miracles, leading, giving, or being merciful, such gifts of the Holy Spirit will not only help the body of Christ complete the work Jesus prepared for them, but will also help them to defend themselves from spiritual forces of wickedness, and to free those children of God who are held captive by this perverse and deceitful world. Because the Holy Spirit is in perfect submission to Jesus, the Holy Spirit will also be perfectly aligned to the word of God in Scripture. A visitation of the Holy Spirit — although confirming the authority of Jesus — does not necessarily confirm the infallibility of those men or women on whom the power of the Holy Spirit may rest. Additionally, the teachings or piety of men on whom the Holy Spirit might rest do not necessarily confirm that this visitation of the Holy Spirit will permanently remain among those men.
The affirmation of truth and the praise and worship of Jesus are also vital components of the church. Because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, wherever the truth is preached or wherever Jesus is praised, the Holy Spirit seems to at times visit. The praise of Jesus in music also seems to bear some connection to prophetic insight. But whatever does or does not occur when we hold fast to the truth or praise Jesus, remaining in the truth and persevering in the praise of Jesus will be helpful to the body of Christ. If Jesus is truth, then let us stay loyal to the truth, and if He is the King, let us praise Him now and forever.
True spiritual fellowship within the body of Christ is marked by a selfless love, care, concern, compassion for and protection of others. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. Love also covers a multitude of sins. The true church exists where two or more are gathered in the name of Jesus, and such gatherings can take place outside of a religious institution or corporation. The ministries are four-fold, that is, the ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherds, which are also called teachers. These ministries are for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13, NASB).
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love (Ephesians 4:14-16, NASB).Back